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Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 06, 2015  |  0 comments
I’ve long been a massive fan of the Tournament and have had a set of the originals from however long ago. This year Daiwa has introduced the very same reel but in black, in keeping with the current trend for the stealthy look. If ninjas made a carp reel, this would be it. It looks absolutely superb and, if ever the word carpy really was relevant to an item of tackle then the Tournament Black would claim it hands down.
Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 25, 2015  |  0 comments
In days gone by, most specialist marker rods had soft tips, which apparently gave you a better feel of the knocks, taps and glides fed back through your line. However, what actually happened was that a soft tip cushioned a lot of the feel, so they did in fact defeat the object. Then, a few years back, somebody finally twigged and made marker rods with tips of the correct stiffness. Bingo, even more recently somebody twigged that this made them a bit more like spod rods and, hey presto, out came some combination rods such as this one.
Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 25, 2015  |  0 comments
Designed to be used as a long-range tool, the Affinity features two, long, tapered, forged-aluminium spools and a slow oscillation to ensure line lay is neat and efficient, helping to gain those vital extra yards. Penn is a name held in high regard where fishing reels are concerned, but more so in sea angling than carp. However, we are sure that’s all set to change. Stainless ball bearings make for a smooth action, even when cranking a lead back, and the carbon matrix front drag means you’re only a click away from staying in control of your quarry in the heat of battle.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 28, 2015  |  0 comments
• Awesome black cosmetics• Super-slow oscillation for great line lay• Quick-drag spool• Free spare spool AND handlePrice: £134. 99Website: www. angling-direct. co.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 28, 2015  |  0 comments
The top-end rod market is awash with some of the most established brands in carp fishing. It’s a niche market that many companies often struggle to get into. Having had great success with its NCT casting rod, Sonik has gone back to the drawing board in a bid to improve its top-end rod range. The first thing that hits you when you pick up a Gravity X is how light it is.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 20, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 19, 2014  |  0 comments
TC Reader Matthew Rynor says: I recently received the Dwarf rods for my 13th birthday present and decided to send my review in to Total Carp. Due to my small size I find 12ft rods a bit of a handful, so the Dwarfs are great. I have fished up to 50 yards with a baited rig, as they lend themselves much better to the small waters I fish. I couple them with small Baitrunner reels, making the setup lightweight.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 20, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 19, 2014  |  0 comments
Following the success of the Tournos reel range, namely the 8000 and smaller 6000fs Black, Sonik has added to it with the Tournos 10000. Similar in design to the 8000, it has been beefed up to cope with longer-range fishing and an angled spool lip and improved line lay will reduce friction, improving overall distance. The sturdy body and insides make the reel feel built to last. Neat touches like the twin line clips allow you to clip up to multiple spots.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 19, 2014  |  0 comments
Since the release of the original Baitrunner from Shimano in the 1980s, 25 years of development, research and passion has pushed them to the launch of the brand-new Baitrunner X-Aero models. Combining the much-loved traditional Baitrunner free-spool leaver with a more modern and desirable large ‘Aero Concept’ spool results in the next evolutionary step for Baitrunners, offering the attractive characteristics of big-pit reels but with the smooth fish-playing attributes associated with Baitrunners. The larger spool also helps to increase the retrieval distance to just less than a metre with one turn. Utilising Aero Wrap II technology and a two-speed oscillation ensures precise line lay, aiding in casting and general line care.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 11, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 10, 2014  |  0 comments
TC editor Marc Coulson says: If seeing that price for these superb, limited edition carp rods sees you frantically searching Google to find out where you can order a set now, then the first thing we’ll tell you is that these are pretty much exclusive to Angling Direct. The bespoke 3. 75lb test rods are designed with the long-range angler in mind, albeit they do offer an element of forgiveness for close-in fights and that critical period when the carp nears the net. We got our own Dan Murrell (pictured below), who can really chuck it, to put this rod through its paces and the results were very impressive indeed.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 25, 2014  |  0 comments
Max Hendry’s verdict. . . 'Bulletproof and a pleasure to use'.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 10, 2014  |  0 comments
Shimano’s introduction of its Ci4 material allowed the tackle giant to produce its array of leading carp reels in a much lighter form. Ci4 is basically as strong as traditional materials but weighs considerably less, and it now features on several of Shimano’s top-end reels. This particular reel made a huge impression on our team, as well as that of our sister magazine, Advanced Carp Fishing. The editor of that title, Tim Hodges, was so impressed, in fact, that he tried to get away with not sending them back… but had an epic fail!We’ve looked before at what have been christened ‘baby big pits’ and their uses continue to grow.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 22, 2014  |  0 comments
I, like so many people, used to own a set of the original Shimano Big Pits and benefited from years of their indestructible nature, huge cranking power and, of course, the Baitrunner system. More recent models have followed in this tradition but, like the original, they have been a little on the bulky and heavy side. This new version, made with Shimano’s excellent Ci4 material to reduce weight, is absolutely superb. Available in big and medium sizes there is a reel out of the two to suit all angling situations.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 22, 2014  |  0 comments
Adjustable free spool and micro front drag • Holds 275 yards of 8lb line• Lightweight, durable, graphite body • Ideal for small waters and floater fishing For more details go to: www. korum. co. ukPrice: £49.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 21, 2014  |  0 comments
The compact big-pit reel has become a popular concept of late. All the casting ability and line capacity meets a more lightweight construction making them lighter. The Crosscast from Daiwa is the latest introduction to this concept. Featuring many of the fantastic parts found on reels with a much higher price tag, the main feature is the free-spool facility, which allows you to switch between fighting drag and free spool in just a flick.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 21, 2014  |  0 comments
• A near DPS reel seat meets 30T carbon-composite construction for a great performing budget fishing rod• Available in test curves from 2. 5lb to 3lb • Ideal for an angler on a budget or a beginner For more details go to: www. jrc-fishing. co.